Highbush blueberry

Vaccinium corymbosum

Photo/Illustration: 
William Cullina
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Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)
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Genus:  Vacinnium

Highbush blueberry provides four seasons of fanfare, starting with twisted, peeling stems in winter; profuse white or pink blossoms in spring; savory blue fruit in summer; and long-lasting foliage the color of a rich red wine in fall. The maroon to scarlet fall shades are effective for a solid month or more, as the leaves (especially in full sun) are reluctant to fall. The best fruit set occurs when you plant at least two cultivars that will bloom concurrently to ensure cross-pollination.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Prefers acidic soil.

Care: 

Full to partial sun and moist to moderately dry soil. Prefers acidic conditions.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Song Birds,
Interesting Bark,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Pink,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

Vaccinium corymbosum